written by Jen Stevenson
Per the principles of true Oregon hospitality, the hardbound Kaufmann Mercantile Guide sitting on the coffee table just inside the lobby of the new Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa promises to teach guests, “How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster and Master Other Simple Pleasures.”
Sinking into one of the locally built beach chairs on your sea-facing balcony moments later, Pendleton wool blanket at the ready should a brisk ocean breeze kick up, you’ve already mastered the simplest of Oregon Coast pleasures—savoring your unparalleled proximity to the Pacific Ocean’s rolling dunes, rugged cliffs and wind-whipped surf, all mere yards away. Oysters? Sure, you could shuck them yourself, but may as well head down to the lodge’s bar and order a dozen or two, fresh from nearby Nestucca Bay, with a bottle of Willamette Valley bubbles. As for the wood splitting, there’s really no need—come sundown, the staff is happy to build a blazing beach bonfire at your request, s’mores included, of course.
Of course, upon discovery of the lodge’s full-service spa, you run the risk of never actually leaving the premises—greet the day with a beach yoga or meditation class, indulge in a relaxing massage or facial, live stream a spin class on a Peloton bike, then settle in for a hot soak in the outdoor hot tub with full views of the incoming tide. After an “ocean-to-table” supper at on-site Meridian restaurant, collect a steaming mug of hot cocoa and stargaze by the bonfire while plotting the next day’s adventures.
33000 CAPE KIWANDA DR.